We came across a news story in the Guardian where a journalist Miles Brignall had called Admiral whilst looking for car insurance. One of the questions was asking if he had been on any speed awareness courses. He replied “yes” and the quote increased by £50.
Driverless vehicles may seem a long way off at the minute, but over the coming years they are going to become a lot more commonplace with people using them on a daily basis. Will it mean the end of the driving licence and changes to the rules of the road?
Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars / vans from 2040 due to fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health and indeed could be responsible for 40,000 premature deaths a year.
MOTORISTS who enter a bus lane or go through a red light to move out of the way to let an ambulance or police car through could be slapped with a fine.
The Highway Code states: “You should look and listen for ambulances, fire engines, police, doctors or other emergency vehicles using flashing blue, red or green lights and sirens, or flashing headlights, or traffic officer and incident support vehicles using flashing amber lights.”
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The following information is based on figures from 2015 (Worked out by Carole Nash using freedom of information request to the UK's largest county police constabularies).
There are plans by the Driven Group to test driverless cars on UK roads and motorways in 2019. Previous tests of driverless vehicles in the UK have mainly taken place at slow speeds and not on public roads
On Wotton Drive, in Dorking , people are tasked with driving at eight and three-quarter miles per hour as they approach the entrance to De Vere Wotton House. The unique speed limit is one of many quirks at at the luxury hotel.
Councils and fire authorities have urged that the legal drink-drive limit should be lowered in England and Wales in order to cut alcohol-related accidents. A lower limit would also save £300 million a year by reducing the number of 999 responses and hospital admissions.
The amount of time that new cars are allowed on Britain's roads before requiring an MOT could rise from three to four years, under government proposals. The change could be in effect from 2018 after a public consultation. Northern Ireland and many European nations already have such an exemption. The Department for Transport said safer technology and improved manufacturing means new vehicles stay roadworthy for longer.
For the most serious speeding cases in England and Wales fines will rise by up to 50% after a review of sentencing guidelines for magistrates' courts.
A driver caught doing 41mph in a 20mph zone, or 101mph on a motorway, could be fined 150% of their weekly income.
The Sentencing Council said it wanted to ensure a "clear increase in penalty" as the seriousness of offending increases.
Driverless car technology seems to be advancing at breakneck speed - Now the insurance industry is calling on carmakers to provide more data to show who was at fault in accidents involving driverless vehicles. The insurers say drivers need to be able to prove that they're not at fault if the technology goes wrong.
Under new government plans drivers in England, Scotland and Wales caught using a mobile phone for the first time will automatically receive penalty points.
Previously, motorists in some police force areas could avoid points by taking a remedial driving course. However ministers believe it is not a tough enough measure to deter people from using a hand-held phone while driving.
The introduction of smart motorways has seen a big rise in speeding fines. According to data collated by the BBC's The One Show, between 2010 and 2015, fixed penalties issued on smart sections increased from 2,000 to a whopping 52,000.
There are more than 236 miles of smart motorways in England, which use the hard shoulder and variable speed limits to control traffic flow. The government says they are not there to generate revenue but are used to improve capacity.
Police in North Wales are asking road users to submit any dashcam footage they have of people driving recklessly in a bid to cut down the number of near-misses in the area. The initiative is part of Operation Snap (or #OpSnap)
Figures show that the number of under-age car drivers involved in crashes on Britain's roads has reached the highest level in four years.
Some 91 boys and girls under 17 years old were behind the wheel during accidents last year, according to Press Association analysis of Department for Transport data. This is 30% more when compared to the previous year, and is the most since 103 were recorded in 2011.
The report was compiled from a survey of 2,000 Britons -1,348 of whom were drivers.
Charlotte Fielding, Head of Privilege Car Insurance, said: "Inconsiderate or careless driving are two of the main causes of accidents on our roads. Find out the results here! was it your city?......
Road tax (Vehicle Excise Duty (VED)) – is set for some changes next year. They were announced in the 2015 budget, and although they'll only affect cars newly registered with the DVLA from 1 April 2017, all drivers should understand them.